Dr Tariq Drabu's, Manchester based NHS Dentist, thoughts & opinions on Dental Care.
Currently Dr Tariq Drabu is practicing at the Langley Dental Practice in Manchester, he has over 25 years experience in dentistry. Graduating from Manchester University in 1986, he was awarded a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh during his time there in 1996.
Monday, 20 February 2017
Bottled Water or Tap – What is Your Preference?
Drabu, the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice has
recently been discussing water options with his patients, to identify
if they are drinking tap or bottled water and which one they prefer
Drabu mentioned that water is imperative to good oral health and all
patients should be sipping on plain water throughout the day to
reduce the risk of dehydration. He stated that everyone sees that
they should be drinking plenty of water each day, but often believe
it to be hype. The fact of the matter is, if you love your teeth and
you want to preserve them for as long as possible, you will start
Drabu advised that dehydration is a serious problem when it comes to
oral health. We rely on our saliva, which is an alkaline solution, to
wash the mouth. When you get thirsty, your saliva dries up,
your teeth exposed to harmful sugars, acids and bacteria. Drinking
water throughout the day reduces the risk of dehydration, ensuring
excellent saliva production to protect your teeth moving forward.
course with each sip of water you take, you can swirl it around your
mouth, which can help to keep your teeth clean. Rinsing with water
helps to remove food particles which may have stuck to the teeth,
thereby protecting the tooth and reducing the risk of tooth issues
Drabu advised that there has been so much discussion regarding
sugared drinks over the past few years. Sugar is one of the most
dangerous things when it comes to oral health and is one of the
leading causes for tooth decay in children nationwide. Replacing
sugared drinks with water can only improve your overall oral health.
also wanted to advise parents that water is completely safe for
children. Children do not need fizzy drinks or fruit juices, in fact
he advised what many parents don't realise is that fruit juices are
also brimming with sugars which could have a negative impact on oral
health in the long run.
what is your preference?
Drabu advised that the majority of people prefer bottled water
because it is filtered mineral water and doesn't have a taste but
what he wants patients to understand is that most areas of the United
Kingdom do not have fluoridated water, which is protective
for the teeth. So when you next grab a glass for water, consider the
tap water before bottled water, even if bottled is your preference.